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Aubade!

 

Hi there!

 

……” It was a warm summer afternoon when I decided
to go for a quick swim.
I packed my bag, put on my loose gown, big hat and sun
glasses, and started walking down to the beach.

When I arrived I saw many different people around:
some were relaxing in the shade, others were sunbathing,
and a few men were playing racket ball.

The sun was shining on the crystal clear water, and I was
so very tempted to dip into the sea.
I removed my clothes and shoes, and started walking
towards the glittering water.

I could feel the heat of the sun on my skin, and the
scorching sand grinding my feet and entering between
my toes.
I ran to the water and lied on the surface enjoying its
coolness on my hot skin.

I don’t know how long I stayed inside, but it was an
awesome feeling.
Finally I came out and stood on the beach savouring
this fantastic view.
I could breathe and smell the salt and seaweeds in the air.

Although there was a fresh cool sea breeze, I had started
feeling my skin burning.
So I decided to put on my garment again because I didn’t
want my skin to burn ……”.

 

 

Pain In The Neck

 

Summer is here together with its very untroubled
way of life.
Most of us will go outdoors, on holiday, swimming
and the beach.
But there is a menace lurking out there    and it is
called Sun.

Most people believe that getting a sun tan makes them
look healthier, fitter and slimmer, and even sexier.
And certainly being out in the sun is most important
when you are on holiday.

But although the sun maintains all life on the planet,
it is also a nuclear fire ball that radiates ultraviolet
light on earth.
Its UV rays are one of the most dangerous forms
of 
radiation.

Exposing yourself to this hazardous UV radiation,
not only it will cause premature skin ageing like,
wrinkling, age spots, blemishes and uneven complexion;
but also it will weaken your immune system, it will
harm your eyes, and on top of all these, it will damage
your skin cells , which could become cancerous.

Also, if you stay in the sun for a long time, you will
feel sleepy and lose your energy as well as developing
headaches.

 

 

Tower Of Strength

 

By following a healthy diet full of antioxidants and other
protective nutrients, you will ensure that your skin
is best protected from the inside.

The following are the foods you should be eating and
the nutrients you should be taking to protect your skin
against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation:

1)     Eat dark chocolate for its antioxidant content.
2)     Eat broccoli for its protective chemicals.
3)     Eat tomatoes for their lycopene content.
4)     Eat salmon for its astaxanthin content.
5)     Eat cucumbers for their nutrient content.
6)     Eat spinach for its lutein content.
7)     Eat red grapes for their resveratrol content.
8)     Eat sweet potatoes for their B carotene content.

 

 

9)     Drink a cup of green tea every day for its
protective chemicals.

10)   Take the following supplements:
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Selenium

Omega 3 fatty acids for proper cell functioning.

By following the right diet you will protect your
skin from sun damage.

 

 

Rain Or Shine

 

Here are the most natural and safe ways to better
protect 
your skin from the damaging sun:

a)     Choose your times of exposure very thoughtfully.
Avoid the sun’s strongest rays between 11:00 am and
15:00 pm.

b)     Wear a hat that covers your face well and blocks
out the sunlight from your head.

c)     Wear sun glasses that will protect your sensitive
eyes from all UVA and UVB rays.

d)     As soon as you start feeling too hot and slightly
pink, sit immediately in the shade of an umbrella, or
a tree or an awning to protect yourself from burning.

e)     If you must wear a sunscreen, choose one that
is made from natural ingredients as much as possible;
or buy an organic one.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and you
need to take effective steps to protect it from any harm.

Exposing your skin to the sun for extended periods will
cause long term 
internal damage together with the
short term superficial 
one.

Be alert and clever    do not risk burning.

 

 

 

Culicidae!

 

Hi there!

 

……….  It was a glorious hot summer evening
with a cloudless blue sky.
It had been such an awesome weather all day, that
it
would have been a waste to spend it indoors.

I really felt invited to sit outdoors, so I took my
tall glass of ice tea and sat in my comfortable
arm-chair on the balcony, to enjoy the tranquil views
and the 
hot sea breeze.

I was feeling serene and excited, when suddenly
I felt a sharp piercing on my lower left leg.
Almost immediately it started itching, and soon
I noticed a red bump appearing.

I was really disturbed and very annoyed by that;
my beautiful, magnificent and peaceful evening
outdoors was destroyed. 

I got up, went into the house and took my tea
tree oil bottle. 
I rubbed a few drops on my red skin, which felt
immediately better, but it still took some time to cure.

Since then,  I decided to dress properly with long
sleeves and trousers before I ever sit outdoors during
the summer months “……….

 

Aircraft

 

De Havilland Mosquito

 

Mosquitoes have been around for the last two
hundred and ten million years;     and there are
almost four thousand species worldwide.
They are a very big problem people have to face
in many countries, especially in tropical climates
and around the Equator.

Being bitten by a mosquito is an extremely
annoying thing and potentially dangerous.
They are very harmful in general, and they can
transmit various diseases.

Only female mosquitoes are attracted to human
beings, because they need to feed on our blood
for its protein content.
They puncture our skin with their proboscis
and suck out the blood.

For this process to be successful, they release a
kind of saliva to maintain the blood thin and
flowing.
Our immune system then releases histamines
to regulate the inflammation on the site.

All this procedure is causing itchiness and a red
bump;    depending on how sensitive each individual
is, the bump can be bigger or smaller.

 

Ducks on a pond

 

Grant Respite

 

During the summer months be especially
careful in order to avoid the mosquitoes’
unpleasant bites.

Avoid the following:

1)     Going out at dawn and at dusk because
these are the mosquitoes’ peak feeding times.

2)     Wearing dark clothes because they attract
mosquitoes.
Aim for loose, light-coloured
garments,
long trousers and long sleeves
when outdoors,
as well as closed shoes.

3)     Being close to stagnant waters,  any rubbish
and composts.
Remove any standing water 
from around your house.   

4)     Getting too hot.
Always try to stay cool.

5)     Exercising outdoors because the build-up
of lactic acid will attract mosquitoes immediately.

6)     Travelling to countries close to Equator or
any countries with tropical climate.

7)     Using any products with various perfumes
on your body.

8)     Drinking alcohol, especially beer.

9)      Leaving your windows and doors open in
your house or car.   Keep them closed to prevent
mosquitoes from getting inside.

 

Bumblebee

 

The Guardian Angels

 

To be on the safe side use the following
natural repellents:

a)     Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil
b)     Lavender Essential Oil
c)     Peppermint Essential Oil
d)     Thyme Essential Oil
e)     Tea Tree Essential Oil
f)     Sage Essential Oil

Rub the above mentioned oils on your exposed
skin, your arms and legs to repel mosquitoes.

 

Koi Pond

 

A l s o  :

 

f)     Eat garlic and lemon

g)     Take Vitamin B complex

h)     Burn Citronella Oil in a diffuser

i)      Rub Pure Vanilla Extract on your exposed skin

If you are bitten, here are the most effective
natural remedies for you to consider:

 

    Soak a cotton ball in Apple Cider Vinegar or
Lemon Juice, and keep on pressing on the bite
until you feel more comfortable.

*     Slice up a Cucumber and hold a slice on the
bite for as long as it is necessary.

*     Put Aloe Vera gel  on the bite to help with
the healing process.

*     Mix some Baking Soda and Salt with a little
water and place the paste on the affected area.

*      Apply Essential Oil of Tea tree on the bite.

 

Fountain

 

I n     C o n c l u s i o n  :

 

Mosquitoes are attracted to humans due to their
scent, heat and humidity.
Most importantly though,  it is down to our genes
how much our body is attractive to the mosquitoes.

This is because we carry very specific bacteria on
our skin that emit an individual smell.
Also, various species of mosquitoes prefer different
parts of our body to attack.
Especially, if you are a Blood Type O you will definitely
attract more mosquitoes than other blood types.

Ideally the best thing to do is to try and avoid being
bitten in the first place.
If you are in the house use air conditioning, and
always trap and kill any mosquitoes you see on the
walls immediately.

N o t e :

All the above mentioned are the best natural cures
and home remedies for you to adopt.
If any of you intends to travel to a tropical country
or any other high risk place, you should consider
a good commercial product to avoid catching any
serious disease.

Have a Nice Summer !!

 

 

Roly-Poly!

 

Hi there!

 

During the last six months Ila has been going
through a lot of stress, and suffering from anxiety.
Her mother was seriously ill and dying, and her
marriage was falling apart.

It was impossible for her to sleep at nights any
more, and during the days she was struggling
to get by and survive.

Her one and only consolation was food.
Utterly confused she kept on eating …… eating
anything, especially sweets    and the weight
was piling on.

It’s so unbelievable how much food I can eat
in a day she thought one evening.
She started feeling ashamed of herself, and awfully
guilty for eating so much.

Then suddenly she realized that there were many
advantages being overweight.
For starters, she felt protected, and not so vulnerable,
defenseless and exposed any more.

 

Fat Ladies

 

Fishing Expedition

 

In human history, being fat was always a sign 
of prosperity and affluence.
Nowadays, being fat is considered a great health
danger.
But latest research reveals that being moderately
overweight is useful and beneficial for you in
many ways.

According to these latest studies, although being
highly overweight or obese you are at a higher risk
of 
developing certain chronic diseases, at the same
time, being moderately overweight you will
enjoy a longer life.

It all comes down to your genetic make-up, how
much physically active you are in your daily life,
your diet habits, and certainly it depends on your
overall lifestyle, 
how healthy or unhealthy it is.

It is a common belief among medical professionals
that being overweight can protect you against a
number of serious diseases.
It can also provide you with extra energy during 
sickness times.
In general, having an excess of fat cells in the
body enhances longevity.

 

Cup Cakes

 

Lightning Bolt

 

There are numerous health enhancements you 
will enjoy if you are moderately overweight.
Some of the most unexpected benefits are the
following:

a)     Stronger Immune System

Fat around the various body organs interacts
and 
aids the immune system’s response.
Damaged tissue is repaired rapidly and
heals better.

b)     Faster Recovery Time

When you are ill your body needs much more
energy to rebuild and cure.
Fat tissue provides the extra energy needed
to recover as quickly as possible.

c)     Protection Against Senility

Being overweight will defend against any mental
disorders and brain deterioration.

d)     Alleviation Of Arthritis

Abdominal fat helps prevent the onset and
consequent attacks of chronic arthritis.

e)     Delayed Ejaculation For Men

Abdominal fat carries female hormones that
inhibit the male orgasm, giving you an extra
eight ( 8 ) minutes.

f)     Overall Body Protection

Excess fat around the body will cushion and
support all important organs in the event of
various accidents.

 

Aztec Women

 

Second Childhood

 

Having extra fat around the body is much more
important for older adults.
Plentiful studies during the last years have revealed
that being overweight after the age of fifty (50 ),
offers serious protective effects against all

illnesses.

Also, being overweight is particularly beneficial
and guarding against any bone problems, as well as
assisting with better recovery should any health
trouble arises.

In addition, if you are a menopausal woman,
if you have excess fat all over your body, you will also
have higher levels of estrogen circulating in your
blood;    because estrogen is produced and stored
in the fat tissue.
This can be advantageous in the alleviation,
relief and delay of the menopausal symptoms.

Therefore, for any person above the age of fifty
it is absolutely crucial not to restrict his/her
nutrition in any way in order to lose weight;
because keeping your weight up, you will definitely
increase your chances for a healthier and 
longer life.
Weight loss after that age signifies the general
decline of the individual.

Body Mass Index

BMI     between   25   and   35   =   Low Mortality
BMI     <   25   =   Higher Mortality
BMI     >   35   =   Higher Mortality

Treasure and Cherish your Love Handles !!

 

 

 

 

 

Springtide!

 

Hi there!

It was a beautiful, sunny and warm spring
afternoon when Jo decided to walk back to his
office, after his lunch meeting.

As he was walking down the lane enjoying
the peaceful atmosphere, suddenly he started
feeling his eyes itching and his nose becoming
stuffy and runny.

Not again;   every now and then I have to suffer
the same uncomfortable situation he said to
himself appearing very annoyed.

As thousands of people everywhere, he had
experienced the symptoms of a very irritating
seasonal allergy attack.

By now he was feeling distressed and miserable,
so he decided to hurry back to his office and
handle this problem appropriately.
He did not want this troublesome situation to
interfere with his work ………….

 

Bumble Bee on Flower

 

Bad Blood

 

Spring is in the air:   we now enjoy longer days,
warmer and sunnier weather, we notice lots of
insects and birds around and see the new flowers
blooming.

But for many people, the beautiful and so much
anticipated spring is bringing all these annoying
seasonal allergies.
It is all about the tree pollen at this wonderful
time of the year.

Tree and flower pollens disperse and travel through
the air.   Consequently people inhale these irritants
without noticing it and start developing various
allergic reactions.

An allergic reaction to an external stimulus
is a dynamic immune response and affects mainly
the respiratory system.
Many people are genetically predisposed towards
allergic attacks.

But in general allergies are a sign that some
body systems like, the immune or the adrenal

or the digestive are weakened to some extent;
so basically these type of allergies are customized
for each person separately.

As with many other problems, there is a good
number of natural remedies you can try at home,
before you run to the pharmacy and buy an allergy
medication, which could cause side effects.

 

Red Flower

 

Punch The Clock

 

Your risk of suffering a seasonal allergy is much
greater if you are already under stress or you are
pregnant ( for young women ) or you are going through
any illness and your immune system is compromised.

S y m p t o m s

The symptoms of seasonal allergies are usually
mild but can extend to severe ones.
They are as follows:

1)     Runny or Blocked Nose
2)     Repeated Sneezing
3)     Itchy, Watery or Red Eyes
4)     Itchy Throat or Ears or Nose
5)     Ear Congestion
6)     Postnasal Drip
7)     Headache
8)     Shortness of Breath
9)     Repeated Coughing
10)   Tiredness and Fatigue
11)   Irritability and Mood Swings

 

Yellow Flowers

 

C u r e s

The best natural remedies for seasonal allergies
are the following:

a)     Take a Quercetin and Bromelain supplement
together or separately on a daily basis.

b)     Take a Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids supplement
two (2) to three (3) gr per day.

c)     Take a good quality Probiotics supplement.

d)     Take a Vitamin E supplement of 200IU.

e)     Take a Zinc supplement 20mg – 30mg daily.

 

Purple Flowers

 

In Conclusion

a)     Follow the most healthy lifestyle possible, to
prepare your body and enhance your immune
system to fight this uncomfortable problem.

b)     Follow a wholesome, balanced and nutritious diet,
and stay well hydrated during the day.

c)     Take regular exercise, rest, relax and sleep properly
for six to seven hours at least.

d)     Rinse your nose with Saline Solution many times
during the day to soothe and keep your passages
clean from allergens.

e)     Limit your exposure to pollens by wearing a hat and
sun glasses when you go outside.

f)     Keep your house and car windows closed during 
the day.

g)     Dust and vacuum your house at least once a week.

h)     Diffusing essential oils of Lavender and Peppermint
will improve circulation and relieve stress.

Get well soon.

Good Luck !!

 

 

 

 

Komuragaeri!

 

Hi there!

 

Let’s meet at eight tonight for dinner Myk suggested.
Yes, I’d love to she replied full of enthusiasm.
They had a very enjoyable evening with beautiful
food and a lot of wine.

The night went and Myk returned home.
Since he was tired all day, he decided to go to bed
immediately.

He was sleeping peacefully, when all of a sudden
he woke up in the middle of the night with a horrendous
calf cramp in his right leg.
It felt extremely tight and rock hard upon touch.

It was very painful, so he decided to get up and run
around in the hope that it would soften and go away.
After some time he felt more comfortable and
returned to bed, although it proved impossible
to go back to sleep.

 

Green Leaves

 

Darting Pain

 

A muscle cramp is a sudden involuntary contraction
of one or more muscles.
It is harmless but extremely annoying because it
causes a sharp pain and a hard topical lump.

A muscle cramp usually happens during the night
(night cramp), but on some occasions it can happen
during the day.
It mainly occurs in the calves of your legs, and it
can last from a few seconds to ten minutes.
Sometimes you can also feel sensitive on that leg
even during the next day.

Muscle cramps are a very common occurrence, and
most people will experience them at some point
in their life.
Usually they are a sign that some things in your
body are out of balance. 

 

Red Leaves

 

Prime Movers

 

The main causes of muscle cramps are the
following:

a)     Excessive exercise, especially in hot
circumstances.

b)     Muscle fatigue.

c)     Dehydration.

d)     Keeping the leg in an awkward position.

e)     Deficiencies of Calcium, Magnesium
and Potassium.

f)     Strict dieting.

g)     Menstruation in young women.

h)     Various health conditions.

i)      Taking specific medications.

Remember that you will be more at risk if,

1.     you are an athlete
2.     you are a pregnant woman
3.     you are an older person

 

To prevent muscle cramps from happening
try the following tips:

a)     Drink plenty of liquids during the day.

b)     Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake.

c)     Eat lots of vegetables and fruits.

d)     Wear shoes with proper support.

e)     Stretch your legs before any exercise.

f)     Stretch your legs for five minutes before
bedtime.

g)     Take Vitamins B complex, D3 and E.
         Take minerals Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc.

h)     Balance your Sodium and Potassium intake.
         Potassium Foods:   Beans, Spinach, Sweet
Potatoes, Salmon, Banana, Yogurt, Mushrooms.

 

White Leaves

 

Shot In The Arm

 

There are natural cures and home remedies
you can use to relieve a muscle cramp, as follows:

1)     Stretch your leg straight out, pull your foot
towards your head and massage the calf muscle
softly and gently until it improves.

2)     You can apply heat to relax the muscle, and
you can apply a cold compress afterwards to relieve
any pain.

3)     Lift your leg towards the ceiling, stretch and
flex your toes, and you can also shake your leg
until you feel more comfortable.

If you feel pain and discomfort next day, you can
use an over the counter pain relief gel or cream.

Also, a number of people find it helpful to drink
tonic water which contains quinine.

Take Care !!

 

 

 

Pergamum!

 

Hi there!

 

I met Al a few years ago, when he was
decorating my new house.
Al was a good looking 45 year old, happy man
with lots of clients.
But Al had a horrible secret.

Every now and then he had to avoid going to
work and stay at home, because he was suffering
from these crippling headaches.

It’s one of the worst feelings;    I start
experiencing a building pressure that grows
worse and worse, then I feel dizzy and nauseated
until I throw up.
I have to stay in bed because I feel so weak and
really sick until this headache goes gradually,
which takes usually a couple of days .
He said to me one morning on one of his breaks.

I remember my father was suffering from
these debilitating headaches, so it seems it is
in my genes;    the only thing I can do now is to
take preventative measures not to suffer it
very often ” ……….

 

Thick clouds

 

Claudius Galenus Hemicrania

 

Migraine is an intense and very strong headache
in one side of the head.
According to research, the nerve cells in the
brain become overstimulated and release chemicals,
that cause inflammation and swelling in the
blood vessels in the brain.

It can affect people of all ages, and it can last from
four hours to three days.
Migraine is a very common condition, and it affects
an estimated 20% of females and 10% of males
worldwide.

The majority of all sufferers will experience an
attack before or around the age of forty years old.
A number of people suffer very often, others
are in pain only occasionally.
The causes and triggers of migraine headaches
are very individual to the patient.

 

Sun in cloudy sky

 

Papyrus Ebers

 

Many factors can induce a migraine attack,
and they can take place up to 24 hours prior
to the onset of the headache itself.
The following are the main triggers:

1)     Genetic predisposition
2)     Certain diet, irregular meals or dehydration
3)     Excessive exercise
4)     Stress, anxiety or depression
5)     Travel and jet lag
6)     Very loud noise
7)     Very bright or flickering lights
8)     Hormone fluctuations
9)     Smoke or smoking
10)   Very heavy smells    
11)    Various medicines
12)    Variable sleeping patterns
13)    Too much caffeine or alcohol
14)    Various weather changes
15)    Many food additives
16)    Sexual activity

The following are the basic important symptoms
of a migraine headache:

a)     Pulsating headache
b)     Lightheadedness
c)     Various body sensations
d)     Visual sensitivity
e)     Hearing sensitivity
f)     Nausea and vomiting

The prognosis for these headache attacks can be,

*     the symptoms can continue in the same way
    the symptoms can become worse
    the symptoms can continue but be reduced and milder
*     the symptoms can clear up completely

 

Clear bright sun

 

Aretaeus Of Cappadocia

 

Here are the best natural options for migraine
relief, to prevent, reduce and manage this debilitating
headache:

a)     Exercise

Take moderate exercise like walking on a daily basis
to eliminate tension, stress and anxiety, which are
very well-known triggers for migraine attacks.

b)     Leisure

Adopt relaxation techniques like Yoga and massage
to unwind and feel calm and peaceful.

c)     Coenzyme Q10

Take this supplement regularly to improve the
circulation in the brain and stabilize the blood
sugar levels in the body.

d)     Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Take this supplement on a daily basis to reduce
inflammation in the body and the frequency
of migraines.

e)     Vitamins

Take Vitamin B complex every day.
Take Vitamin C every day.
Take Vitamin E every day.
To prevent migraine attacks.

f)     Magnesium

Take this supplement daily to relax the nerves
and the muscles in the body.

g)     Elimination Diet

Remove all allergens and chemicals
from your diet.

 

pergamumu-4

 

—  If you are already suffering from a migraine,
try the following home remedies:

1)     Apply Lavender essential oil topically on
the temples a number of times a day, as well
as inhaling its aroma.

2)     Acupressure points to try:
GV24.5 (The Third Eye point) between the
eyebrows.
Press this point firmly for one minute.

LI4 (He Gu point) the muscle between thumb
and index.
Press firmly this point alternatively for one minute.

PC6 (Nei Guan) inner forearm, between the two
tendons, three finger breadths below the wrist.
Press this point firmly for as long as necessary.

3)     If you can drink anything, make chamomile
or lime tea and sip it slowly.

4)     Rest or sleep in a dark and quiet room
until you feel better.

  If you choose to use any medication,
try over the counter common painkillers, but
in soluble or liquid form for faster absorption.
Also you can use an anti-emetic suppository.

Medicines should always be taken at the beginning
of the attack in order to be effective.

The Head Ache
by George Cruikshank
London 02/1819